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Direct electric panel heaters can provide an alternative that avoids the disruption and upfront cost of other low carbon technologies such as heat pumps.

They are already widely used, particularly in flats and can offer a solution for low carbon heating where heat pumps are not technically possible, due to space constraints or where the heat demand is exceptionally low.

However, as this system generates heat from electricity, it does increase the demand for electricity, which on the Isle of Man is still predominantly from burning gas and diesel.

In addition, direct electric has a higher running costs for consumers, compared to heat pumps.